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1 Now these are the laws which you are to put before them. 1 "These are the laws you are to set before them:
2 If you get a Hebrew servant for money, he is to be your servant for six years, and in the seventh year you are to let him go free without payment. 2 "If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything.
3 If he comes to you by himself, let him go away by himself: if he is married, let his wife go away with him. 3 If he comes alone, he is to go free alone; but if he has a wife when he comes, she is to go with him.
4 If his master gives him a wife, and he gets sons or daughters by her, the wife and her children will be the property of the master, and the servant is to go away by himself. 4 If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her master, and only the man shall go free.
5 But if the servant says clearly, My master and my wife and children are dear to me; I have no desire to be free: 5 "But if the servant declares, 'I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,'
6 Then his master is to take him to the gods of the house, and at the door, or at its framework, he is to make a hole in his ear with a sharp-pointed instrument; and he will be his servant for ever. 6 then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.
7 And if a man gives his daughter for a price to be a servant, she is not to go away free as the men-servants do. 7 "If a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as menservants do.
8 If she is not pleasing to her master who has taken her for himself, let a payment be made for her so that she may go free; her master has no power to get a price for her and send her to a strange land, because he has been false to her. 8 If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself, he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her.
9 And if he gives her to his son, he is to do everything for her as if she was his daughter. 9 If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter.
10 And if he takes another woman, her food and clothing and her married rights are not to be less. 10 If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights.
11 And if he does not do these three things for her, she has the right to go free without payment. 11 If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.
12 He who gives a man a death-blow is himself to be put to death. 12 "Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death.
13 But if he had no evil purpose against him, and God gave him into his hand, I will give you a place to which he may go in flight. 13 However, if he does not do it intentionally, but God lets it happen, he is to flee to a place I will designate.
14 But if a man makes an attack on his neighbour on purpose, to put him to death by deceit, you are to take him from my altar and put him to death. 14 But if a man schemes and kills another man deliberately, take him away from my altar and put him to death.
15 Any man who gives a blow to his father or his mother is certainly to be put to death. 15 "Anyone who attacks his father or his mother must be put to death.
16 Any man who gets another into his power in order to get a price for him is to be put to death, if you take him in the act. 16 "Anyone who kidnaps another and either sells him or still has him when he is caught must be put to death.
17 Any man cursing his father or his mother is to be put to death. 17 "Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.
18 If, in a fight, one man gives another a blow with a stone, or with the shut hand, not causing his death, but making him keep in bed; 18 "If men quarrel and one hits the other with a stone or with his fist and he does not die but is confined to bed,
19 If he is able to get up again and go about with a stick, the other will be let off; only he will have to give him payment for the loss of his time, and see that he is cared for till he is well. 19 the one who struck the blow will not be held responsible if the other gets up and walks around outside with his staff; however, he must pay the injured man for the loss of his time and see that he is completely healed.
20 If a man gives his man-servant or his woman-servant blows with a rod, causing death, he is certainly to undergo punishment. 20 "If a man beats his male or female slave with a rod and the slave dies as a direct result, he must be punished,
21 But, at the same time, if the servant goes on living for a day or two, the master is not to get punishment, for the servant is his property. 21 but he is not to be punished if the slave gets up after a day or two, since the slave is his property.
22 If men, while fighting, do damage to a woman with child, causing the loss of the child, but no other evil comes to her, the man will have to make payment up to the amount fixed by her husband, in agreement with the decision of the judges. 22 "If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman's husband demands and the court allows.
23 But if damage comes to her, let life be given in payment for life, 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life,
24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, blow for blow. 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
26 If a man gives his man-servant or his woman-servant a blow in the eye, causing its destruction, he is to let him go free on account of the damage to his eye. 26 "If a man hits a manservant or maidservant in the eye and destroys it, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the eye.
27 Or if the loss of a tooth is caused by his blow, he will let him go free on account of his tooth. 27 And if he knocks out the tooth of a manservant or maidservant, he must let the servant go free to compensate for the tooth.
28 If an ox comes to be the cause of death to a man or a woman, the ox is to be stoned, and its flesh may not be used for food; but the owner will not be judged responsible. 28 "If a bull gores a man or a woman to death, the bull must be stoned to death, and its meat must not be eaten. But the owner of the bull will not be held responsible.
29 But if the ox has frequently done such damage in the past, and the owner has had word of it and has not kept it under control, so that it has been the cause of the death of a man or woman, not only is the ox to be stoned, but its owner is to be put to death. 29 If, however, the bull has had the habit of goring and the owner has been warned but has not kept it penned up and it kills a man or woman, the bull must be stoned and the owner also must be put to death.
30 If a price is put on his life, let him make payment of whatever price is fixed. 30 However, if payment is demanded of him, he may redeem his life by paying whatever is demanded.
31 If the death of a son or of a daughter has been caused, the punishment is to be in agreement with this rule. 31 This law also applies if the bull gores a son or daughter.
32 If the death of a man-servant or of a woman-servant is caused by the ox, the owner is to give their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox is to be stoned. 32 If the bull gores a male or female slave, the owner must pay thirty shekels of silver to the master of the slave, and the bull must be stoned.
33 If a man makes a hole in the earth without covering it up, and an ox or an ass dropping into it comes to its death; 33 "If a man uncovers a pit or digs one and fails to cover it and an ox or a donkey falls into it,
34 The owner of the hole is responsible; he will have to make payment to their owner, but the dead beast will be his. 34 the owner of the pit must pay for the loss; he must pay its owner, and the dead animal will be his.
35 And if one man's ox does damage to another man's ox, causing its death, then the living ox is to be exchanged for money, and division made of the price of it, and of the price of the dead one. 35 "If a man's bull injures the bull of another and it dies, they are to sell the live one and divide both the money and the dead animal equally.
36 But if it is common knowledge that the ox has frequently done such damage in the past, and its owner has not kept it under control, he will have to give ox for ox; and the dead beast will be his. 36 However, if it was known that the bull had the habit of goring, yet the owner did not keep it penned up, the owner must pay, animal for animal, and the dead animal will be his.